#AskEden - Can you use internet pictures in reviews?

T&A1987 T&A1987
is it okay to use pictures taken from the internet? for example, I save a pic from google images and then upload it for a review. It's not part of the information, it just adds to the feel. Is this a copy right violation?
06/17/2012
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Quote:
Originally posted by T&A1987
is it okay to use pictures taken from the internet? for example, I save a pic from google images and then upload it for a review. It's not part of the information, it just adds to the feel. Is this a copy right violation?
I've seen quite a few images in reviews taken from manufacturer sites or through image searches on Google. I personally don't do this but since I've seen this in other reviews, I assume it's okay. Then again, I'm not 100% sure since I don't know if these reviewers are getting messages about it or not by the higher ups. Sorry I'm not much help : (
06/18/2012
ghalik ghalik
It is a copyright violation if the images aren't credited properly. I have seen many reviews where they photographer isn't credited at all. I frown upon this and generally downvote a review that has "stolen" photos. I don't know if EF has a policy regarding this.
06/18/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
In certain instances, the manufacturer wants you to use their product images and will make them available via download on their website (Pipedreams is an example of a company that does this). As long as you don't hot-link (steal their bandwidth), this is fine.

Pictures taken by third-parties — for example, something Google images pulls up from a blog site during a search — should never be used in reviews unless you have the owner's permission.

Pictures from Wikipedia, licensed under the very generous Creative Commons 3.0, should also not be used since EF is a business site, and there is remuneration for the reviews.

Roland wrote an interesting article for SEXIS which relates to this topic:
link
06/18/2012
AskEden AskEden
Generally, you should only include pictures you've taken. There is a lot of different discussion about what is ok and what isn't. If you only write your original work and include pictures you've personally taken, it's a lot easier.

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06/19/2012
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